Caroline’s Rainbow Foundation was established in 2002 following the tragic death of Caroline Ann Stuttle. For their 10-year anniversary the charity built and launched its Safer Travel App. A comprehensive, destination specific travel safety guide.
Over 8 years of research we have collected travel safety information for over 350 popular tourist and backpacker destinations. Safer Travel provides; travel safety tips, useful contacts, areas to avoid and common crimes as well as suggesting must-see highlights and attractions. Our team is now checking and re-verifying all content, once completed each city will be uploaded to this site safertravel.org
For more information about Caroline’s Rainbow Foundation and the other work we do around travel safety please visit our website.
Recently added Cities
We are adding new cities and updating information every week.
Commonly refereed to as the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is a city in the tropical Far North Queensland. Northwest of the city, Daintree National Park spans mountainous rainforest, gorges and beaches.
Bundaberg is located on Queensland’s coast. It’s known for Bundaberg Rum, and the Bundaberg Distillery offers museum tours and tastings. Nearby along the coast is Mon Repos Regional Park, home to sea turtles.
Marbella is a city and resort area on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, part of the Andalusia region. The Sierra Blanca Mountains are the backdrop to 27 km of sandy Mediterranean beaches, villas, hotels, and golf courses.
Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region. It’s famous for flamenco dancing, particularly in its Triana neighborhood. The Gothic Seville Cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a minaret turned bell tower, the Giralda.
Edinburgh is Scotland’s compact, hilly capital. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny. Arthur’s Seat is an imposing peak in Holyrood Park with sweeping views, and Calton Hill is topped with monuments and memorials.
Located on Lake Michigan in Illinois, Chicago is among the largest cities in the United States. The city is renowned for it’s museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago.
San Francisco, often abbreviated as San Fran, SF, Frisco or The City is the cultural, financial and commercial centre of Northern California.
Adelaide is South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital. Its ring of parkland on the River Torrens is home to the city’s Adelaide Festival is an annual international arts gathering with spin-offs including fringe and film events.
Perth is the capitol of Western Australia and sits where the Swan River meet the southwest coast. Perth boasts some beautiful sandy beaches and lovely riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
Portland, Oregon’s largest city is situated in the shadow of the snow-capped Mount Hood. Portland is home to the largest authentic Japanese Garden outside of Japan.
Brisbane is Australia’s third largest city and the capital of Queensland. The large city is located on the Brisbane River.
The port city of Valencia lies on the southeastern coast of Spain, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. Valencia is best known for great beaches and its fantastic City of Arts and Sciences.
Choose a Country
Each country gives an overview travel safety related information, from there visit a city for specific safety tips and advice written by people who have actually been there.
Featured Travel Tips
Over the years we have collected many great travellers tips, this means many moments of ‘Oh, if I had only known!” can be avoided. Here are a featured selection of top travel tips collected from experienced travellers from around the world.
- Follow your instincts – You will know if something feels right. Always listen to yourself and don’t be dragged with the crowd.
- Local language – If travelling to a non-English speaking country, try to learn a few phrases. You will find you get a lot more respect from the locals.
- Take some time to walk up the 275 step narrow, spiral staircase in York Minster for breathtaking 360 views of the city and a great sense of achievement.
- Watch your belongings – Split your money and keep it close. Keep an eye on your bags at all times, this could save you a lot of trouble and expense.
- Research before you go – knowledge of the country or city you are travelling is essential. Make sure you are aware of what to expect when you arrive.
- If you're in York during the summer, book a Hot Air Balloon flight for unforgettable views of York and the beautiful surrounding landscape.
Are there any places I should avoid visiting?
We would never say don’t go anywhere. It’s your choice. What we would say is make sure you are prepared and you know what you might expect during your visit. As long as you have done your research you can make yourself as safe as possible in the places you are visiting.
What should I take with me backpacking?
Firstly remember, whatever you take you will have to carry with you for the whole travelling experience. Don’t take anything you can’t afford to lose or can’t replace. At a minimum make sure you have the follow, the rest you can buy.
- Phone and adapters
- Notebook and pencil
- Lock for your bag
- Clothes and laundry bag
- Comfortable shoes and flip flops
- Water bottle
- Toiletries and painkillers
- First aid kit
What are the safest countries in the world to visit?
The Institute for Economics and Peace released its Global Peace Index for last year, this is their ranking of the world’s safest countries.
- New Zealand
- Czech Republic